Jun 8, 2014
Summer 1969: Give Me a Prehistoric Man
"Are you sure you don't want a bicycle, too?" Grandma asked in surprise.
But just look at Cave Man Toy Set: hard-muscled guys in loincloths throwing spears and rocks at gigantic dinosaurs! (This was before toymakers realized that dinosaurs and prehistoric humans didn't coexist).
My boyfriend Bill agreed with my decision. We spent many hours with that Toy Set, imagining jungle explorations, nick-of-time rescues from warring tribes or brontosauri, and "my hero" hugs.
My Grandma Davis wasn't entirely opposed to the idea of prehistory. One day in her attic I found this Van Loon Story of Mankind, published in 1926, with some muscular cave men on the cover.
You almost never saw or heard of a cave woman. I got the distinct impression that our ancestors were all male, roaming around naked in hunter-gatherer bands.
Maybe this was before Adam and Eve, so women hadn't been created yet.
See also: Tarzan Toys; Dan and I Fight Evil-Lution.